arts & culture

BOOK DASH ON CREATING AND SPREADING AFRICAN STORYBOOKS

Book Dash is a non-profit organisation creating African storybooks for African children.

“We choose every word carefully,” says co-founder and Board Chairman Arthur Attwell. “We believe in this deeply. Many children are invisible to the book industry. Borrowing from libraries is necessary, but not sufficient. A hundred books is a nice round number and it’s achievable.

“By the age of five, a child’s early development is over. The degree to which society neglects those early years is catastrophic and an abundance of books can have a big impact.”

At the first Book Dash day in May 2014, two teams made two books…
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BOOK DASH ON CREATING AND SPREADING AFRICAN STORYBOOKS

Life with and without the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall – the barrier that divided the German city during the Cold War era – has now been down for as long as it was up.

The wall was built by communist East Germany and completely encircled the western parts of Berlin.

Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports on a new exhibition looking at life with and without the wall.

– Al Jazeera Media Network

Life with and without the Berlin Wall

MBONGENI NGEMA ON TAKING ASINAMALI TO THE BIG SCREEN

Asinamali, meaning “we have no money” was a phrase coined by ANC activist Msizi Dube, who founded the rent boycott movement upon returning to KwaZulu-Natal after his release from Robben Island. He was assassinated in 1983.

Mbongeni Ngema, who was part of the movement, wrote about the events, with his play, Asinamali, first performed at the Market Theatre in 1985.

He has now transformed the play into a film, and the conversion walks a fine line between realism and musical drama.

Ngema features as director, scriptwriter, lyricist, composer and actor. He plays a theatre director who has returned from exile with the…
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MBONGENI NGEMA ON TAKING ASINAMALI TO THE BIG SCREEN

REVIVING INNER CITIES, REVIVING THE ARTS

Call it gentrification – which for some means the removal of the urban poor in favour of the well-heeled crowds – but the revival of South Africa’s inner cities has been a boon for the arts. Once-seedy buildings are now home to trendy cafes, art galleries, pop-up theatres, open-air film screenings and hip stores. These new establishments often create employment and support local economies by attracting patrons with disposable incomes.

Here’s our list of must-see urban spots to visit.

One Eloff Street, Jo’burg

Painted a striking yellow and turquoise, this building in…
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REVIVING INNER CITIES, REVIVING THE ARTS

Constitution Hill & Afropunk present exceptional exhibitions showcase

Constitution Hill, in association with Afropunk, will be keeping Jozi lights on this festive season, with engaging exhibitions and a ground-breaking music festival. The partnership also includes a collaboration with the Amacreatives to host A New Black, a multimedia group exhibition and  dialogue focusing on the individual voices of seven upcoming contemporary artists and how they employ their artistic agency to engage with and interpret the colonial narrative that forms part of their history.

It’s a call for an artistic protest – a creative riot – to reimagine new definition(s) of blackness. It’s a disruption of the status quo; a defiance of…
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Constitution Hill & Afropunk present exceptional exhibitions showcase

THE ART OF ART COLLECTING

Everyone in the industry will tell new collectors that your purchases should be based on your heart and gut, which is why it’s vital to buy what you love. An artwork that provokes an emotional reaction will bring rewards for years, endlessly revealing new depths.

They will, however, also advise you to make sure your money is well spent. This is done by getting to know as much as possible about the artists whose work stirs you, even getting to know them personally.

“Context matters,” says keen art collector Ravi Naidoo, co-founder and Managing Director of Design Indaba, South Africa’s annual…
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THE ART OF ART COLLECTING